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BIOAg proposals requested

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | October 5, 2017

The 2018 BIOAg request for proposals is now available!

The goal of the BIOAg solicitation is to engage WSU faculty to advance the development, understanding, and use of biologically-intensive, organic and sustainable agriculture in Washington State. BIOAg funding can be requested for three purposes: to stimulate new research initiatives, to augment existing research to address critical gaps, and to move existing, game-changing research out into the real world.

Please read the RFP and application forms carefully; changes have been made from prior solicitations.  The RFP is available on BIOAg Grant Program page.

Letter of intent are requested by Nov. 17th, and project proposals are due Dec. 15th.

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Hands-On Biodegradable Plastic Mulch Till-Down Field Day Oct. 13

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | September 28, 2017

Don’t miss the chance to participate in till-down of biodegradable plastic mulch on October 13th at Cloudview Farm in Ephrata, WA.  See downloadable flyer for details!

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Hands-On Biodegradable Plastic Mulch Field Day May 25th

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | May 4, 2017

Don’t miss the Biodegradable Plastic Mulch Field Day in Ephrata, WA on May 25th!  Participants will have opportunities for hands-on access to mulch films and will learn about the latest advances in materials  and techniques.  Please see downloadable flyer below for additional details.


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Professional Development Program RFP posted

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | February 16, 2017

The SARE Professional Development Program (PDP) is now accepting mini-grant applications for both attending a professional development event and hosting a professional development event in 2017.

Grant amounts have been increased from prior years to better accommodate the needs of applicants, in response to a survey of eligible ag professionals.  Also, as a result of the survey, priority will be given to program staff for “Attending” grants, and to “Hosting” grants that target a Conservation District audience.  Please read the RFP carefully; it has changed.

Please see the SARE PDP Program page for more information and for application instructions.  Applications will be screened after March 24th, and until funds are exhausted.

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Feb. 15 deadline for food-energy-water collaboration

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | January 25, 2017

Reprinted from WSU News:

PULLMAN, Wash. – Interdisciplinary research teams poised to address food-energy-water (FEW) system challenges are encouraged to submit a proposal by Feb. 15 to participate in a tri-state workshop April 10-11.

As population grows and climate change alters ecosystems worldwide, societal demands for agricultural, energy and water resources intensify, bringing the intersections of FEW resources into sharper focus. Solutions that ease cross-sectoral tensions and alleviate pressure on FEW resources will inevitably involve deep collaboration among multiple disciplines and institutions.

To facilitate that collaboration, vice presidents for research at Washington State University, University of Idaho and Oregon State University will convene the Tri-State FEW Workshop on April 10th-11th in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Researchers from the three institutions, Idaho National Lab and Pacific Northwest National Lab are encouraged to submit proposals by Feb. 15 to res.dev@wsu.edu. Research teams must involve confirmed participants from more than one institution and are encouraged to be as inclusive as possible.

Three to five distinct, multi-institutional teams will be selected to participate in the interactive, intensive gathering.

The workshop will facilitate face-to-face time with colleagues to actively develop funding strategies (grant proposals) and plans to build programs. Teams will work on their focused research plans but will also interact across teams to find other opportunities for collaboration.

Please read on for Proposal Submission Process and travel support.

For more information, contact Stephanie Hampton, director of the WSU Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach (CEREO), at s.hampton@wsu.edu.

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Agricultural Management Scenarios for the Future, February 16

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | January 25, 2017

Richland, Wash. – The culminating stakeholder workshop of WSU’s BioEarth research initiative will be held on Thursday, February 16 at the WSU Tri-Cities Campus.

Future climate change is expected to necessitate a wide range of  agricultural adaptation strategies. Photo credit: Gord McKenna, Mt. Baker and Ladner Fields 2008, CC by NC ND 2.0.]

Future climate change is expected to necessitate a wide range of agricultural adaptation strategies. Photo: G. McKenna, Mt. Baker and Ladner Fields 2008, CC by NC ND 2.0.

The focus of this workshop will be on understanding agricultural adaptation opportunities in a changing climate. The day will begin with talks by researchers describing how models are being used to investigate possible outcomes of near-term and long-term agricultural adaptation decisions, such as changing planting dates, investing in new irrigation technology, and crop switching. The afternoon portion of the workshop will include a round-table discussion of tradeoffs and co-benefits associated with specific management decisions. Together, participants will establish priorities for communicating model results and embarking on future research directions. Farmers, industry representatives, government agency personnel, county conservation district staff, NGO representatives, researchers and extension agents interested in adaptation strategies for regional agriculture should all participate.

This Agricultural Management Scenarios Workshop will build upon researcher-stakeholder dialogue that has taken place in previous BioEarth workshops across the Northwest. In recent months, members of the research team have also presented important findings in a series of webinars. You can view previous webinars and sign up for upcoming webinars about how climate change is projected to impact regional crop yields (January 31) and tracking aquatic and atmospheric nitrogen transport (February 7) here: http://csanr.wsu.edu/webinars/bioearth/sign-up/.

For more information about the BioEarth regional earth systems modeling initiative, visit http://www.bioearth.wsu.edu/. Those interested in attending the February 16 workshop are asked to RSVP at http://bioearth.brownpapertickets.com.

For more information, contact:

Liz Allen, 774-437-2819

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2017 BIOAg Symposium – March 1st

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | January 17, 2017

SAVE THE DATE!  CSANR is organizing a BIOAg Symposium in Pullman this winter on March 1st.  The event will include a BIOAg poster session (with student prizes!) and a keynote speaker.  Please plan to participate!


The 2017 BIOAg Symposium poster session is scheduled for March 1st from 2pm to 5pm in Ensminger Pavilion on the WSU campus in Pullman, WA.  Posters on relevant topics are welcome from students, faculty, and others.  The poster content should relate to the idea of biologically intensive agriculture (farming practices and systems that rely on biological processes which are renewable, non-polluting, and mutually beneficial to both farmers and society) or to organic farming.  The BIOAg Poster Session is meant to share information, build teamwork, and to help the BIOAg program refine future priorities.

Special Note to Students and Faculty Advisors:  Student posters (graduate and undergraduate) will be eligible for a Best Student Poster Award in the form of a $500 scholarship.  Please encourage students to submit a poster!

To present a poster, please submit a poster title, list of authors, and short abstract (<250 words) to Tara Zimmerman goldsmitht@wsu.edu by Feb. 13th. Authors will be notified of acceptance by Feb. 17th.  Please see poster instructions for further details.

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Proposals requested for 2017 Kaiser Conservation Endowment

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | December 6, 2016

Proposals are now being accepted to the Kaiser Conservation Endowment to fund small projects for promotion and demonstration of conservation practices targeting soil erosion, as described HERE.  Application deadline is January 16, 2017.

Proposals are sought that fund the training of college and K-12 students and constituents, including curriculum development, field trips, teaching aids, audio/visual or other education-related activities. Funds are open to Washington State University, University of Idaho, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Conservation Districts, and colleges in Washington and Idaho. However, proposals must have a strong linkage to WSU, the University of Idaho, Conservation Districts, and/or NRCS. Funds are limited to the Inland Empire – the area east of the Washington Cascades and north of the Salmon River in Idaho.

Successful 2016 applicants should attach a progress report to any new or continuing proposal.

Proposals are not to exceed $5,000. Up to three grants will be awarded for this current funding cycle. Instructions for proposal format can be found on the Kaiser Conservation Endowment page.

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Soil: What’s It Worth – Nov. 11

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | October 28, 2016


This year the annual Tilth conference brings together farmers and ag professionals dedicated to improving soil quality at an all-day Friday Symposium, “Soil: What’s it Worth”, held November 11th, at the Wenatchee Convention Center. Join a panel of Northwest researchers, who’s on-farm results directly point to the dollars and cents connection between soil management and farm economics. The panel and presentations will explore the connections between soil health and farm production, pests, fertility and produce quality. Poster submissions are also welcomed for a soil-themed session during the event.

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Urban Food-Energy-Water Summit: Nov 18th

Posted by Tara Zimmerman | October 20, 2016
Envisioning the future of the regional food system. Photo: L. Allen.

Envisioning the future of the regional food system. Photo: L. Allen.


An interactive summit focusing on the future of the food system in the greater Seattle metropolitan area will be held on Friday, November 18, at the Brightwater Convention Center in Woodinville, WA.

Hosted by Washington State University (WSU) Metro Food Energy Water Seed Grant Research Team, the Urban Food-Energy-Water Summit provides an opportunity for the public to gain a deeper understanding of food, energy and water (FEW) interdependence in the greater Seattle area. A morning keynote address and panel discussion will be held from 8:30-11 a.m. and is open to the public. This will include presentations about research and discussions addressing the need for integrated natural resource management approaches. The panel discussion will be a forum for diverse stakeholders to share their perspectives on challenges and opportunities for local food and agriculture.

A by-invitation afternoon breakout session and luncheon will be held after the public portion of the Summit from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants will discuss the various characteristics of resilient regional food systems. They will also assist in identifying future research directions that will support local decision makers when developing policies. Please contact Liz Allen if you would like an invitation to the afternoon session.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP at www.urbanfew.brownpapertickets.com. For more information about this summit, visit www.metrocenter.wsu.edu/metrofew-summit2016. To learn more about the Urban Food, Energy and Water project, visit http://metrocenter.wsu.edu/metrofew/.


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Email: goldsmitht@wsu.edu